What to expect with microdermabrasion

What is it?

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This treatment works in a series to achieve the best results. At Charlottesville Dermatology, we use a diamond-tipped wand to abrade the surface of the skin.

This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks.


What to expect during a treatment

First, we clean your skin with a cleanser appropriate to your skin. We then follow with the microdermabrasion wand over your skin, then tone your skin with soothing green tea mist. followed by a treatment of our ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid serum, then Journee Bio-Restorative Day Cream. The entire procedure should take 30 minutes.

What microdermabrasion can do:

  • Fade age spots and clear blackheads
  • Lessen hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
  • Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance
  • Lessen the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Unclog pores, thereby reducing the appearance of them
  • Treat acne and the scars left by acne

Microdermabrasion is fairly a mild procedure, but it is still a collagen-stimulating treatment.  Collagen is the building block of healthy glowing skin, and its deterioration over time is what causes dullness and aged-looking skin.  Collagen is a protein in your skin that’s abundant when you’re a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.